The June 2007 issue of Health Care News reports that the U.S. Census Bureau has acknowledged it over-counted the number of persons uninsured in the U.S. And, according to J.P. Wieske and Merrill Matthews of the Council for Affordable Health Insurance, even the new estimate of 44.8 million is a useless number of policymaking purposes.
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- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2 million patients contract hospital-acquired infections each year--and 90,000 of them die as a result.
- A nationwide attempt to mandate the human papillomavirus vaccine for 11- and 12-year-old girls appears to have been stymied in state legislatures nationwide.
- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has proposed the largest tax increase in the state's history as part of a plan to raise nearly $33 billion new revenues, much of which would fund a universal health care scheme.
- The retail health clinics movement got a boost in Texas when Baylor Health Care System and MedBasics announced a formal collaboration.
Also in this issue: lifestyle incentives for Medicaid recipients, New York City's calorie ordinance, the problem with the FDA approval process, "do no harm" health care policy, long-term care, health courts, and health care as a "right."
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